Learn from inspirational and thought-provoking speakers who have experienced how faith has impacted their work, changed their lives and expanded their influence.

Speaker Series

The Working Faith Speaker Series features signature events throughout the year and is designed to inspire and guide Christian leaders as they carry their faith into the workplace and beyond.

Upcoming Speaker Events


Faithful Entrepreneurship:  Transforming Lives and Communities

Join us for an evening with Rev. Paul Rasmussen and Williams Chicken founder, Hiawatha Williams, as they discuss servant leadership, entrepreneurship, and social justice.

Perfecting chicken and business is what Williams has dedicated his life to. There are over 40 restaurants in operation and more than 500 employees. It’s a place that not only offers affordable prices to feed families but affords entrepreneurial opportunities to hundreds of business and franchise owners. Armed with strong faith, an unmatched work ethic, and a ‘give back spirit,’ Williams Chicken has major community initiatives throughout North Texas to support youth and education programs.

Wednesday, November 10
7:00 - 8:30 pm


Past Speaker Events


Working Faith Presents:  An Evening with Dr. Henry Cloud

Join us for an evening with Dr. Henry Cloud, acclaimed leadership expert, psychologist, and New York Times bestselling author, as we take a look at the complex issues leaders are facing today. You will gain tools and insight integrating science and faith to care for yourself and contribute to an emotionally healthy organization.

Wednesday, October 20
7:00 - 8:30 pm


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Faith as the Foundation of Leadership with Tom Leppert

Tom Leppert, former Mayor of Dallas and CEO of the Turner Corporation and Kaplan, Inc., discusses how his Christian faith has provided a foundation for his leadership approach in both the public and private sectors.

Thursday, April 15
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Leading Through Crisis: The Power of Mentorship, Courage, and Love

John Siburt, President & CEO of CitySquare, a nonprofit offering a comprehensive array of social services to address the persistence of poverty in Dallas, will discuss the challenges he encounters as a leader and how he navigates crises. He will also talk about the lessons he’s learned as a leader, including the importance of an intergenerational mentor, the need for leaders to put faith into action, and the power of leaders who lead out of a spirit of love.

This event will feature a Q&A format and include a short session in which participants will break into groups to discuss several provided questions.

Thursday, February 18
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


A Candid Discussion on Race & Corporate Leadership

Three of Dallas' most influential business leaders will participate in a candid discussion on race and leadership in a roundtable moderated by former Mayor of the City of Dallas, Mike Rawlings. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of racial issues in the workplace and what leaders are doing to ensure a more diverse and inclusive environment.

This is a hybrid event with space limited to the first 150 registrants to attend live in Wesley Hall or to join via a simultaneous live broadcast for those not comfortable meeting in person. Registration is required to attend in person or online.

Roundtable participants include:
Fred Perpall – CEO, The Beck Group
David Huntley – Chief Compliance Officer, AT&T
Chris Reynolds - Chief Administrative Officer, Manufacturing & Corporate Resources at Toyota Motor North America


Mike Rawlings – Former CEO of Pizza Hut and former Mayor of the City of Dallas

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Virtual Lunch and Learn with Ken Blanchard

Leaders today are faced with incredibly difficult decisions as they face the challenges of the COVID-19 challenge. Join Ken Blanchard, best-selling author, Phyllis Hendry Halverson, CEO of Lead Like Jesus, for a virtual presentation in which they will share their stories, teaching model, and take part in a Q&A session. Walk away with a better understanding of how to navigate these challenging times in a manner consistent with the example of Jesus.
Thursday, April 23rd at 12:00pm CST
(Zoom Webinar)
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Faith in the Workplace: Field Trip to Interstate Batteries

Only 20 spots are available for this intimate experience with some of Interstate Batteries executives on how they bring faith to work at an international organization. Interstate Batteries exists “to glorify God,” as stated in the organization’s purpose statement. MCLN members will receive a tour of Interstate Batteries corporate headquarters followed by a conversation with:

  • Scott Miller, President & Chief Executive Officer
  • Erik Ouimette, Cultural Ambassador
  • Henry Rogers, Chaplain
  • Chris Willis, Chief People & Corporate Affairs Officer

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 | 9 - 11 a.m.

Interstate Batteries
12770 Merit Dr. Suite 1000
Dallas, TX 75251


Truly Human Leadership with Bob Chapman, Chairman & CEO of Barry-Wehmiller

Thursday, January 16, 2020
6:30 - 7 p.m.   Networking and hors d'oeuvres
7  - 8 p.m.        Bob Chapman

SMU Cox School of Business Crum Auditorium, Collins Center

This event is limited to the first 200 registrants.

There is a $25 admission fee for this event that includes a copy of Bob's book, Everybody Matters

Recently named the #3 CEO in the world by Inc. magazine, Bob Chapman is intentional about using his platform as a business leader to inspire. His vision is world in which people leave work every day fulfilled by their work, rather than drained by it. As Chairman and CEO of $3 billion capital equipment and engineering solutions firm Barry-Wehmiller, a combination of 100+ acquisitions around the world, Chapman has championed meaningful, caring work environments through Truly Human Leadership. His leadership philosophy and the transformation it has ignited at Barry-Wehmiller were the inspiration behind his Wall Street Journal bestseller Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family.


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CEO Roundtable

Thursday, November 14, 2019
5:30 - 6:45 p.m.  Food Trucks and Networking
7  - 8:15 p.m.        CEO Roundtable

Highland Park United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall
Seating is limited to for this event. Please register soon.

3300 Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX 75205

Join us for an intimate evening to hear from some of Dallas' most influential leaders on how their faith has influenced their leadership approach. Roundtable participants include:

Norm Bagwell, CEO, Bank of Texas
Chris Kleinert, CEO of Hunt Investment Holdings, LLC and co-CEO of Hunt Consolidated, Inc.
Dawn Moore, CEO, Allegiance Title
Doug Parker, CEO, American Airlines



An Evening with Bob Goff

Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 5:30 pm
Highland Park United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall

3300 Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX 75205

The Mark Craig Leadership Network (MCLN) and Highland Park United Methodist Church are proud to present New York Times best-selling author of Love Does and Everybody Always, Bob Goff.

Bob is the Honorary Consul to the Republic of Uganda, an attorney, and the founder of Love Does—a nonprofit human rights organization operating in Uganda, India, Nepal, Iraq and Somalia.

For more, visit BobGoff.com and LoveDoes.org.

John O’Leary

John O’Leary lived through worse than most can imagine. At age nine, a fire exploded and burned 100% of his body. Given a one-percent chance to live, he fought extraordinary odds. Join us as he shares these lessons as an invitation for you to choose to wake up to the fullness of your life, to embrace the amazing gift of each moment and to celebrate the joy of your inspired life!